A Special Event for Alumni on Feb. 18

While we are all looking forward to the Edward P Jones Inaugural Reading this Thursday at 5 PM in the Jack Morton Auditorium, alumni of GW will want to add another event to their calendar. You must register in advance, and may do so by following the link at the bottom of this post.

Knowing “The Known World”
A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Edward P. Jones
Feb 18, 2009 6:30PM – 8:30PM
The George Washington University Alumni House @ 1918 F Street, NW
Description: Please join Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Spring 2009 Wang Visiting Professor in Contemporary English Literature, and four renowned GW professors, for a lively conversation about The Known World by Edward P. Jones.

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2004, this beautiful and heartbreaking novel follows the complicated history that unfolds around a Virginia plantation, owned by a former slave who has purchased slaves of his own. A meditation upon racism, humanity, memory, and the power of art, The Known World is a fantastic book.

Faculty members from the Departments of English, American Studies, Political Science and History examine what their disciplines have to say to Edward P. Jones’s work. Mr. Jones himself will respond, then join in the free-ranging discussion. A book signing and reception will follow.

The cost of this program starts at $8 and includes the conversation and reception. Advance registration is required and space is limited.


Tyler Anbinder, is Chair and Professor of History. Professor Tyler is an expert on the American Civil War and its legacy.

Elisabeth Anker is Assistant Professor of American Studies. Professor Anker’s research interests focus on the connections between American politics, philosophy and culture.

Jennifer James is an Associate Professor of English. Professor James teaches African American literature and has written about 19th century African American literature of slavery and the Civil War.

Edward P. Jones is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and the Spring 2009 Wang Visiting Professor in Contemporary English Literature.

Forrest Maltzman is Chair and Professor of Political Science. Professor Maltzman studies legislative and judicial decision-making.

Sponsored by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the GW Alumni Association

You must register in advance, and may do so here.

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